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2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event Schedule

The Human Relations Commission and Office of Arts and Culture have provided funding for the following Martin Luther King, Jr. events, which will take place from Saturday Jan. 16 to Monday Jan. 18, 2021. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Little Words, Big Issues

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by: SPEAK

On January 16th from 2-3:30 PM, a group of young women will be leading our community through an exploration to discover the power of our voices. In this event you will examine how the little words you use connect to larger issues, how to use your language to help not hurt, and how to call others in when they use hurtful words. Please join us! Sign up form:



Black In Boulder

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Presented by: Selasee & The Fafa Family

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, an intriguing multigenerational lineup of Black folks come together to share their thoughts and feelings about living in Boulder while Black, past and present. In Boulder’s predominantly white community, the experiences of Black people differ significantly from white people. For various reasons and despite the challenges, some Black people stay, some leave and some go on to raise their families in Boulder. Sharing their experiences, panelists Annett James, Briannah Hill, Pedro Silva, Thomas Windham and Cinque Mason will engage their stories and conversation, moderated by Michele D. Simpson.

Music by Selasee Atiase, Poetry by Norma Johnson

Organizers: Selasee Atiase (Visioneer), Michele D. Simpson, Norma Johnson, Nii Armah Sowah

Videographer: Musa Starseed

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Sunday, January 17, 2021


Catharsis of Storytelling with Assètou Xango

10 a.m. 

Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center

In a society built on racism, telling our own stories is the most powerful, and sometimes, the only tool we have. It is cathartic, it is clearing, and it has been the quiet vehicle of progress since the beginning of our existence. Poetry, in its non-judgmental, expansive acceptance, is one of the most accessible avenues for storytelling. In this workshop, for the new or novice writer, you will dip your quill into this deep well of freedom.



Monday, January 18, 2021


16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulder County Community Celebration: Why We Can’t Wait!

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Presented by: First Congregational Church and NAACP Boulder County

Please join us in our 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The Boulder County Community has collaborated and created an outstanding event that will feature youth from the Boulder Valley School District and the St. Vrain Valley School District. This Year's Stellar Program will air worldwide and feature varied performances by Boulder High School Orchestra, Ryan Woodworth, Director; Silver Creek High School Choirs and Bands, Jeremy Skelton, Choir Director and Bill Legg, Band Director, Niwot High School Choir, Laura Walters, Director, Colorado Heritage Community Choir, Director, Madelyn Strong Woodley, and Kerrie Joy, Performing Artist, Withers’ Museum Collection, Memphis, Tennessee by Dr. Ernest Withers, noted Civil Rights Historian and Photographer.  Special Presentations and much, much more…

Mr. Erick Finnestead, Principal, Silver Creek High School and Minister Glenda Strong Robinson, Community/Civil Rights Activist will host this our classic event.

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Power In the Streets:  Standing for a World of Justice and Equity

(This event is not COB funded)

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Presented by: Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center

Dr. King is renowned for his passion, wisdom, strategic brilliance and commitment to Non-Violence.  He taught that Non-Violent Resistance is effective, but not easy. It requires us to exercise our inner-strength and resolve but can potentially be the most powerful way to grow movements, win hearts and minds to our causes and create the changes that we want to see in the world. Non-Violent resistance also poses unique challenges and risks that require our understanding as well as practical skills and strategies for addressing them. Experienced Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) trainers Razz Gormley & Devon Reynolds will help us to explore why NVDA is effective and share the foundational skills of de-escalation, riot response preparedness, forming affinity groups, informed consent culture, and more, that are critical for mitigating risk and remaining non-violent in today’s world.




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Dominique Christina, Spirit of Grace, JustUs Monologists and guest performer Bo-Co DA Dougherty Expressing the Civil Rights Impact of the Criminal Justice System

3 to 4 p.m. 

Presented by: Motus Theater

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Motus Theater is offering a virtual space for music, poetry, and storytelling featuring Black Americans speaking out against mass incarceration. Don’t miss formerly incarcerated Motus Monologists from the JustUs project with the incomparable national slam poet Dominique Christina; powerful music from Spirit Grace; and DA, Michael Dougherty stepping into the shoes of a JustUs monologist by reading his story aloud and reflecting on the impact of the criminal legal system on his life.



From Legacy to Possibility

6 to 7 p.m.

Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center

A virtual event hosted by poet Briannah Hill, featuring poets Assétou Xango and Hakeem Furious, visual artist Tya Alisa Anthony, and musicians Hazel Miller and Julia Kirkwood. Includes a curated Playlist from Hazel Miller and Julia Kirkwood and a creator spotlight and at-home art lesson by Tya Alisa Anthony.



Every Child is Born a Poet & Zoomback

7 p.m.

Presented by: The Dairy Arts Center

Directed by: Jonathan Meyer Robinson An incendiary mix of documentary, poetry, storytelling, drama, and performance, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET explores the life and work of Piri Thomas (b. 1928) the Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican author of the classic autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets (1967). The film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio, from the 1930s through the 1960s; his parents’ immigrant experience, home life during the Great Depression, his membership in barrio youth gangs, his struggle to come to terms with his mixed-racial identity, his travels as a teen-age merchant marine, his heroin addiction, his notorious armed robbery of a Greenwich Village nightclub, his six years spent in prison, and then his emergence as a writer. Thomas’ coming-of-age story is counter-pointed with verité scenes of his on-going work of forty-five years as an educator and activist empowering marginalized and incarcerated youths. A stylized, genre-spanning production, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET is a riveting portrait of a life lived through struggle, self-discovery, and transformation as it examines Thomas’ use of creative expression as a means of confronting poverty, racism, violence and isolation.